Suzie Wilde and Laura Sheppard bring you today’s essential information for Petersfield and its villages.

Send information updates or thanks to those who’ve helped you to team@petersfieldradio.uk or call 01730 555 500.

We share information with the Petersfield Coronavirus Resource Hub, the Petersfield Voluntary Care Group and other local agencies.

Information transcript

The Salvation Army is asking members of the public to stop leaving donations by clothing banks and charity shops, as lockdown restrictions mean they cannot be collected at the moment and they will have to go to landfill. It is thankful for your donation, but please keep it with you for now. 

And another one which could come into the ‘don’t’ category – 

The national Police Action Fraud team has warned that fake emails claiming to be from Tesco are circulating, inviting you to click on a link and sign up for free vouchers from the supermarket. 

As ever, if it looks to be too good to be true, it probably is. The link leads to a genuine-looking phishing website that is designed to steal your log-in as well as personal and financial information.  

Remember, don’t click on links or attachments in suspicious emails and never respond to messages that ask for your personal or financial details.

Food banks in East Hampshire have long been a source of support for struggling residents, but their value is increasing during the current crisis as more and more people turn to them for basic items. 

But heavy demand and a reduction in donations has meant stocks can run low, so East Hampshire District Council is calling on residents to keep these vital organisations topped up with supplies, as when they are most needed, donations are understandably dropping off, as people spend less time out of their home.

But the council has asked residents to please remember that food banks need your support now more than ever and the work they are doing in our communities is absolutely crucial, so please don’t forget to donate.

If you need help getting food, please contact the Hampshire Help4Vulnerable helpline on 0333 370 4000.

You can also find a huge range of information on the Citizens Advice website at citizensadvice.org.uk/east-hampshire or speak to advisors by calling 0300 330 9028.

If you would like to support our local food banks, you will find donation points in many of the local supermarkets, or you can make an online financial contribution to help them purchase essential supplies.

Items particularly appreciated at this time  include: long-life milk, small bags or packets of cereals, porridge oats, tea bags, hot chocolate, tinned meat, rice, small packets of sugar, custard, rice pudding, toothbrushes and shampoo.

Nosh news

Jake’s Artisan Foods would normally be supplying directly at the farmers market, foodie events, wine and beer festivals as well as to pubs, delis and farm shops. But you can order from its website – jakesartisanfoods.co.uk – for delivery all round Hampshire, West Sussex and southern Surrey.

Simply Hog Roast is providing hog roast meal deliveries daily in the Bordon area between 4  and 6:30pm and in Petersfield and nearby between 6 and 7:30pm. You can order either by phone on 07899 499 903 or on the website at simplyhogroast.co.uk.

Tara Grigg-Tomsett from the business called A Little Nutty, tells us that it’s roaring into its fifth year providing grain and wheat-free granola, nut butters and moreish nutty bites, all hand made, free of preservatives and refined sugar, and with no palm oil or fillers either. Find out more at alittlenutty.co.uk

Dom at The Townhouse tells us he is continuing to dispense pre-orders Tuesday to Sunday, via a click-and-collect website at www.paymentsense.com/the-townhouse. They take the order and then call the customer to arrange payment and a collection time. As suppliers start to come back online over the next few weeks Dom is hoping to extend this service to include food as well.

Elsewhere, Darcy’s Dog Walking and Pet Care Services is still operational for key workers, elderly people and if you are too unwell to walk your dogs. It offers vet taxis, so if anyone is self isolating, staff can take your pet to the vets on your behalf. If necessary, it can look after your pets if you have to go into hospital. Get in touch via its Facebook page, Darcy’s Dog Walks, or call 07889 874 926.

And, with doggies in mind, whether it’s one of Suzie Wilde’s Wilde Walks or just a stroll with your own dog, East Hants District Council is calling on dog walkers to properly dispose of their pet’s waste after reports that more and more is being left along popular walking routes.

A spokesperson requested you bag up your dog’s mess and then dispose of it either in a council bin or take it home with you. All council bins are dual purpose, so you can use them for dog bags as well as litter, and the council will empty them as normal. 

Our Kind of Collectibles, in Folly Market, is donating more than 250 books absolutely free to those who would benefit from them. It is working in partnership with Petersfield Coronavirus Help Network to distribute the books safely and in a socially distanced manner. 

If you are interested or know somebody whose day would be brightened up by a book, please get in touch through Facebook – search for ‘Our Kind of Collectibles’ – and the shop can send you a list of available titles. 

It is also offering free local delivery for all books for sale online on its Abe Books store – and you can find that at abebooks.co.uk

Petersfield Town Council has announced the popular Petersfield in Bloom contest is going to be a little bit different this year. Entry will be by email and there will be a much more relaxed feel, with only three categories covering a broad range of ideas for you to explore. Full details can be found on the Petersfield Town Council website – petersfield-tc.gov.uk – and on its social media … 

This year, it has also introduced a way for kids on lockdown to get involved: Petersfield in Bloom for kids. How creative can you be with the theme ‘Petersfield in Bloom’? There are three age categories, 0-5, 6-10 and 11-plus and the medium (that’s the materials you use) can be anything you like.

Email images of your designs to admin@petersfield-tc.gov.uk. Town mayor Lesley Farrow can’t wait to see your designs and hopes to have enough entries to choose a weekly winner!  

Thank yous

TPS has been manufacturing visors for frontline workers. Head of Design & Technology Ian Newnham, ably assisted by some enthusiastic students, produced more than 50 PPE visors in one day, using the school’s laser cutter. 

The first batch has already been distributed to local medical staff and Ian will keep producing as many as he can to help with the national shortage. 

The Tattoo Lounge, in Petersfield, is auctioning a painting to raise money for Petersfield Hospital. The bidding has currently reached £250 with the deadline 5pm today. The winning bid will get the framed picture and all proceeds will go to the hospital, where staff can decide how to spend the money to lift their spirits during this difficult time. 

See the image on Facebook – ‘Tattoo Lounge Petersfield’ – and find out how to bid.

Cinema

Petersfield Community Radio volunteer Doug Newbigging has given us a sneak preview of the results of a poll to choose the next six films to be shown at The New Savoy Cinema … whenever the Festival Hall reopens.

At 6: David Copperfield, with 13 votes

At 5: with 16 votes, it’s 1917

At 4: A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood, which garnered 19 ticks

Straight into the top three at 3: Little Women, which secured 20 votes

Military Wives just misses out at 2, with a 21-vote salute …

And the top film, by just two votes, and this week’s number 1 is Emma. 

Naturally, there are no dates for these yet, but as soon as they are available, we’ll let you know.

Travel

Following the scheduled conclusion yesterday to Network Rail’s infrastructure enhancements at Guildford, trains between Portsmouth Harbour and Waterloo should be returning to their normal – and we use the word normal in inverted commas – normal, restricted lockdown timetable.

However, there will be follow-up works next weekend – Saturday 25 and Sunday 26th – which will again affect services in the Guildford area. So make sure you check if you just have to travel at the weekend.

Network Rail is also undertaking a major renewal of the railway lines through Petersfield which continues until April 26. All the work will be carried out between 10pm and 7 the next morning.

If you live near the railway it will be noisy at times with a mechanical stoneblower and thermal welding equipment running in the middle of the night. Kingsfernsden level crossing, between Ramshill and Tilmore, will be closed towards the end of the project.

And the level crossing in Petersfield is expected to be closed again overnight tonight to enable Network Rail to lift out and inspect the crossing panels. 

On the roads, a diversion is scheduled to be in place this morning, on the A272 as you head towards Rogate, and that’s planned to be in place until at least 3.30 this afternoon.

And Hampshire County Council says it is working on kerbs along Hylton Road today and tomorrow. Expect some cones in the road.

Bollard news – and we can exclusively reveal the slab and bollard which gained national media attention last week, well almost, have been repaired and replaced.

The bollard on Lavant Street

Weather

Dry and sunny across the Petersphere today, with a fresh north easterly breeze. Temperatures up to 17 degrees in the sunshine.

Tonight will be cool and clear, but with some cloud moving in before dawn.

Once that early cloud has burned away tomorrow’s looking sunny again and, later this week, we’re likely to breach the 20 degree mark, but the pollen count is high.